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Florida Surgeon General says Biden is Actively Preventing COVID Treatments

Dr. Joseph Ladapo sent a letter to the administration criticizing the pause of monoclonal antibody treatments

Tuesday night, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo issued a letter accusing the Biden Administration of “actively preventing the effective distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments in the U.S.” 

Ladapo says the problem results from the federal government pausing shipments of COVID-19 antibody treatments to state and local healthcare providers.

The letter was addressed to Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and detailed Ladapo’s concerns with the administration’s recent actions.

The Biden administration recently paused shipments of COVID-19 antibody treatments from two major drug manufacturers. 

Regeneron and Eli Lilly manufacture the currently paused treatments amid claims that such treatments are not effective against the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The federal government has continued to supply Sotrovimab from the company GlaxoSmithKline, which reportedly works against omicron.

Ladapo shared the successful milestone of treating 100,000 patients successfully with the monoclonal antibody treatments in the letter. He went on to say they “had no advanced warning” of the pause, which would ultimately disrupt the successful treatment of COVID patients.  

Ladapo referenced comments from President Biden on Monday that there wasn’t a solution by the federal government to end the COVID pandemic.

“There is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level,” Biden said at the time in response to Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson warning the president against letting “federal solutions stand in the way of state solutions.”

Governor DeSantis appointed Ladapo in September after the former surgeon general resigned.

In September, Governor Ron DeSantis chided the Biden administration for the pause and changes in the distribution of the monoclonal antibody treatments, calling for the federal government to restore distribution. 

The Department of Health and Human Services caused concern in many states after announcing that the agency would change how the monoclonal antibody treatments would be distributed.

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